CalRecycle

According to local legend, the “Captain Al” settled into her watery grave sometime in the 1990s, sinking to the bottom of the Oakland/Alameda Estuary as her unknown owner was preparing to rend her for scrap. But on Monday the rusty, 105-foot-long steel tug saw daylight again, as crews manning a pair of passive cranes pried her from the estuary floor.

This abandoned tug is one of several items to be pulled from the water during an upcoming Estuary cleanup. Photo courtesy of CalRecycle.

Brock de Lappe points to a distant corner of the Oakland/Alameda Estuary, on the edge of one’s line of vision from his perch at the Alameda Marina. It’s a spot he said is covered with trash and littered with sunken boats.

But a state agency is finalizing a $1.3 million grant that could help clear the Estuary of some of those abandoned hazards.